The 2021 WISE Conference
In-Person Event Guest Speakers

EMCEE

MICHELLE MERHAR

Michelle Merhar is a former FOX 26 Anchor and Traffic Reporter now staying home with her three young children. Michelle worked on the FOX 26 Morning Show for seven years and prior to television was an on-air personality on the Newsradio 740 KTRH Morning Show for four years. An interest in broadcasting began during her college years spent at Texas State University-San Marcos while working at the university’s radio station. She is a Houston native and graduated from Klein High School in Spring. Michelle’s full-time job now entails raising her three children: Abigail (6), James (5) and Joseph (3). Her husband, Danny works in the financial industry, and they all reside in Spring with their two dogs and frog. Michelle enjoys working out, running, and spending time with family.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

MELISSA WILSON

Emmy Award-winning FOX 26 Morning News anchor

Melissa’s Topic to be confirmed…

Emmy Award-winning Melissa Wilson is an anchor for FOX 26 Morning News weekdays. Then, she loves to head out to the Texas Medical Center and throw on comfy scrubs and follow doctors and patients through procedures, as medical reporter for FOX 26. Melissa co-anchored FOX 26 News at 9 p.m. for ten years, as part of the longest running anchor team at FOX 26.

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BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKER

NATALLIA ORNELAS

Natallia is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), which is one of the most recognized financial planning marks in the world.

Sustaining and maintaining your business through a pandemic or other major disruption

Generally, we will be focusing on things like beginning to think like a business owner. So many successful entrepreneurs are good at their craft, but not as good at running a business.

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GUEST SPEAKER

KRISTINA PEREZ

Master of Education in Educational Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, both from Texas A&M University

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Strategies for the Work Place

Organizations and companies want a comfortable work environment for all involved. Specific strategies can be implemented to ensure overall success in regards to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It starts with designing a culture of respect and appreciation. Specific strategies will be discussed in this session for a basic foundation and to put action steps in place.

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GUEST SPEAKER

MARY JO RAPINI

Speaker, Psychotherapist, Author

The practice of self-care is not an option; it’s a necessity

* Attendees will leave with actual tactics they can use to calm anxiety and stress.
* Attendees will understand the importance of taking “micro-stress breaks” for their mental health.
*Attendees will understand how self care will help build resistance and conserve energy.

BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKER

DR. ASHLEY PRINCE

Prince Health and Wellness

COVID STRONG Health Strategies for Winning after a Pandemic

Detailed topic to be confirmed.